February 22, 2015

National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final national coverage determination that provides for Medicare coverage of Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT). The coverage is effective immediately. “This is the first time that Medicare has covered …

December 23, 2014

This week n4a and the Aging Network Volunteer Resource Center announced the six teams that will receive monetary awards as part of a national competition to recognize and support the work that trained volunteer teams are plying in communities across the country in making sure that older adults get to critical medical appointments, are counseled in Medicare options, and more. …

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Coming of Age In Aging America

What will it mean for all of us to grow up, live and age in a society where half the citizens are over the age of 50? Take 4 minutes and watch this video (promo of the documentary that will air on PBS in 2015). These are fascinating concepts about how aging is changing in the US and the world. …

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The Michigan Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program statewide service offers free counseling for the 2015 Medicare Plan changes and new enrollments.

October 15th starts the Medicare Open Enrollment period for 2015. Now is the time to change plan benefits, provider networks, drug formularies and monthly premiums. During the Medicare Open Enrollment period, October 15th to December 7th, all Medicare beneficiaries have the option to change their plans for 2015. This includes anyone with Original Medicare, a Medicare Advantage Health Plan or …

Fraud Alert: Medicare Telemarketing Fraud scheme

Seniors in the Michigan area have been recently targeted by a fraudulent telemarketing scheme. Random callers have telephoned seniors claiming that Medicare is sending all seniors new cards. The callers have asked these seniors to verify their name and address and then asked for their bank’s name, and in some cases, more detailed banking information. These seniors were targeted by …

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MMAP Volunteer, George Wojdacki, Receives the BCBSM Claude Pepper Award for Senior Volunteers

George Wojdacki, a volunteer counselor with the Area Agency on Aging-1-B Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP), will receive the BCBSM Claude Pepper Award for Senior Volunteers at this year’s Older Michiganians Day event. George learned about the volunteer opportunity through his physician who thought he would be a great volunteer for the program with his work experience in the pharmaceutical …

Healthcare notice- Dec 2013

This Season, Shop for Your Health The holidays are fast approaching, and there’s one must have for every shopping list: health insurance. And the place to get it? The Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. To help you with the process, we’ve compiled the top things to know when choosing and enrolling in plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Read on …

Part D Without Paying a Dime- March 2013

June 4, 2013, 4:27 pm Part D, Without Paying a Dime By PAULA SPAN Here’s a nonhypothetical question: If an older person without much money could receive prescription drug insurance — i.e. Medicare Part D — at no cost, why wouldn’t he apply? Both Medicare and the Social Security Administration have tried to spread the word, to tell low-income seniors …